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The new EP “Wings To Fly” by Deep Imagination 

-New 4-track EP “Wings To Fly” is out now
-The new videoclip “Wings To Fly (single-version)” is now online


On the album “Carefully Kept Secrets” appeared the 17 minutes long track “Wings To Fly“. In the press and radio the song was widely praised as the soul of the work. With the EP “Wings To Fly”, Deep Imagination is releasing the single version of the successful long track.

In terms of content, “Wings To Fly” is about using one’s wings to fly in analogy. “Atmospheric, Floydian, Cinematic”, perhaps no other piece of the solo project of the German electro-musician Thorsten Sudler-Mainz fits better to this claim than “Wings To Fly”. Atmospheric electronics with ethereal vocals in combination with driving tribal rhythms and floydian guitars make “Wings To Fly” a fascinating sound experience.

With “Paradise In Space (ep-version)“, an impressive 10-minute album medley and the outtake “Watching The Fire”, Deep Imagination concludes its most successful chapter yet with this EP. (BSC Music / Prudence)

Tracklist:

1. Wings To Fly (single-version) (4:29)
2. Paradise In Space (ep-version) (4:42)
3. Carefully Kept Secrets (album-medley) (9:55)
4. Watching The Fire (outtake) (4:58)

Links: iTunesAmazonSpotify

In the video “Wings To Fly (single-version)” Deep Imagination go on stage. In the atmospheric ambience of Art Gallery Artlantis Thorsten Sudler-Mainz presents himself and his fellow musicians authentically on instrument and microphone. The amazingly well-working 4:30 minute long single version of the original 17-minute long track brings it to the point with the typical musical ingredients. (BSC Music / Prudence)

The Video on YouTube:

 

 

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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

Goldfish: 10 Years of Fruits de Mer Records (Fruits de Mer Records, 30 April 2018)

As a kid I used to turn on the radio, lie down, close my eyes and lose myself to the sounds of music…

It happened again the other day when I started listening to the compilation “Goldfish: 10 years of Fruits de Mer Records”.

Fruits de Mer is an indie record label from Surrey, UK specializing on psychedelia, progressive rock, acid-folk, krautrock and spacerock riding on the back of the vinyl revival, even if there wasn’t one when they started out back in 2008…

In Keith’s own words:

Established way back in 1715 (that’s a quarter past five in the evening) by Andy and Keith, we started out with the carefully laid-out plan to unearth and reissue long-lost, classic tracks from the sixties and early seventies – but the record companies with the rights to the back-catalogues simply didn’t want to know us. After several weeks of crying into our beer, we thought, “sod it, we’ll do it ourselves”…and we have. Andy decided it was time to do something different a few years ago, so FdM now consists of me (Keith) and whoever else I can rope in, usually my lovely missus, Liz.
FdM releases are a right old mix of classic and obscure tracks, reinterpreted by artists who love them, respect them but want to breathe new life into them…and new songs by bands that have their roots in the 60s/70s.
Go on, put on your diving gear, join the Fruits de Mer deep-sea fishing trip as we dredge up whoppers by the likes of The Small Faces, Nick Drake, Can, HP Lovecraft, The Moody Blues, Egg, Arthur Brown and Strawberry Alarm Clock…even little-known names such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis get a look-in with us. Then we let new or cult artists such as The Bevis Frond, Soft Hearted Scientists, nick nicely, The Chemistry Set, Cranium Pie, Tir na nOg, Vibravoid and the mighty Pretty Things get to work in making the tracks their own. Running a vinyl record label is a sure-fire way of losing money but I’m in it for the love of it and, if you’ve read this far, you probably are too – you can find out more about FdM at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com call in for a cuppa, drop me a line any time.
In the words of Schizo Fun Addict, who put together our first single, “Be brave…and keep faith”.

Every Fruits De Mer Records release is limited and all on colour vinyl…

The catalogue numbers of this 3LP set and the bonus 7” single that comes with it (and they call “the little goldfish”) are crustacean 84 and 85 so as you realize these people managed to put a lot of releases out there…

“Goldfish: 10 years of Fruits de Mer Records” comes with tracks from The Pretty Things, nick nicely, Tir n nOg, The Chemistry Set, Stay , Beautify Junkyards, Cranium Pie, Astralasia, Sendelica, Vibravoid, Superfjord, Soft Hearted Scientists, The Honey Pot and a whole lot of other artists who really should have known better…

Goldfish focuses mainly on what Fruits de Mer originally set out to deliver – classic and willfully-obscure songs taken from, or heavily influenced by the 60s and early 70s…

  • Side one

Tor Peders – Theme One (Martin) from Tor Peders ‘Brev Fran Ederstorp‘ LP+7″ winkle 17

Sendelica – Venus In Furs (Reed) from Sendelica ‘A Nice Pear‘ 7″ crustacean 13

Us and Them – Willow’s Song (Giovanni) from Us and Them 7″ ‘Summerisle‘ 7″ crustacean 20

Stay – 2,000 Light Years From Home (Jagger/Richards) from the Stay 7″ crustacean 3

Tir na nOg – I Pick Up Birds At Funerals (O’Kelly) from Tir na nOg ‘I Have known Love‘ 7″ crustacean 49

  • Side two

The Chemistry Set – Come Kiss Me, Vibrate and Smile (McLean) from the Chemistry Set 7″ winkle 8

Hills Have Riffs – Down By The River (McCarthy) from the ‘Keep Off The Grass‘ double LP crustacean 21

White Sails – Fluff (Iommi) from the White Sails 7″ winkle 11

Soft Hearted Scientists – Caterpillar Song (Soft Hearted Scientists) from ‘Whatever Happened To The Soft Hearted Scientists‘ double LP+7″ crustacean 38

  • Side three

Vibravoid – Eye Shaking King (Karrer/Rogner) from Vibravoid ‘Krautrock Sensation‘ 7″ crustacean 7 (previously unreleased, extended mix)

Claudio Cataldi – Here She Comes Now (Reed/Cale/Morrison) from Claudio Cataldi ‘Here She Comes Now‘ 7″ winkle 22

King Penguin – She Don’t Care About Time (Clark) from the ‘7 and 7 is‘ box-set crustacean 51-57

Beautify Junkyards – From The Morning (Drake) from the Beautify Junkyards 7″ crustacean 30

nick nicely – Hilly Fields – The Mourning (nicely) from nick nicely ‘Hilly Fields‘ 7″ crustacean 27

  • Side four

Blue Zeta Giant Puppies – Journey Of The Sorcerer (Leadon) from ‘The Fruits de Mer Records Guide To The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy‘ 7″+CD crustacean 74

Cranium Pie – Baby You’re A Rich Man (Lennon/McCartney) from the Cranium Pie 7″ crustacean 8

Crystal Jacqueline – Cousin Jane (Page/Matthews) from the Crystal Jacqueline 7″ crustacean 39

Mark McDowell – Girls Of Belvoir (McDowell) from the Regal Crabomophone Annual 2014 7″ winkle 13

The Pretty Things – Helter Skelter (Lennon/McCartney) from ‘The White EP‘ (double 7″) crustacean 33

  • Side five

The Honey Pot – Dr. Crippen’s Waiting Room (Crowley/Greeley) from The Honey Pot ‘Ascending Scales‘ double LP winkle 25

Permanent Clear Light – Wherewithal (Ward) from the FdM 2011 Annual 7″ crustacean 16

Frobisher Neck – Isi (Dinger/Rother) from ‘Roqueting Through Space‘ (LP+7″) crustacean 13

Kris Gietkowski – I Will Be Absorbed (Brooks/Campbell/Stewart) from Kris Gietkowski ‘Music from Egg’s first LP‘ LP strange fish eight

Jack Ellister – The Man With The Biochopper (Ellister) from the Jack Ellister 7″ winkle 6

  • Side six

Sidewalk Society – Strange Roads (King/King) from Sidewalk Society ‘Strange Roads‘ LP crustacean 81

Astralasia – The Desert (Boulton/Swordfish) from Astralasia ‘Wind On Water‘ LP+7″ winkle 17

Superfjord – A Love Supreme (Coltrane) from the ‘Coltrane‘ 7″ crustacean 59

Schizo Fun Addict – Ogdens Nut Gone Flake (Marriott/Lane/McLagan/Jones) from the Schizo Fun Addict 7″ crustacean 1 (flake mix – previously unreleased)

…and all copies will include a bonus 7″ – the little goldfish (crustacean 85)

  1. Saturn’s Ambush – White Horses (Carr/Nisbet) from the ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set‘ 7″ crustacean 22
  2. Johnny Vines – Waterfall (Hess/Panka/Nadolny/Krantz) from the ‘Head Music‘ double LP crustacean 26

If you are into psychedelic rock/kraut/prog/spacerock/acid-folk this is a MUST for you…

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Gusztáv Fekete – Introspection (LP)

For the first time after 36 years Mutant Embryo Records proudly presents the official release of Gusztáv Fekete cryptic material. Recorded on reel tapes between 1979-1981 with true analogue sound, this album constitutes the Holy Grail of late 70’s Hungarian underground scene as except few demo cassettes it remained buried for over 3 decades!
Occult synthwave dressed with ritual, avant-garde/psych elements, merged in an absolute mystical masterpiece!
 
https://mutantembryorecords.bandcamp.com/releases …LISTEN
 
Housed in 350gsm matte cover with 200gsm matte paper insert & vinyl in black polylined innersleeve.
Comes in 100 black & 150 clear vinyl hand numbered copies, sealed in PP overbag.
http://www.mutantembryorecords.com/gusztav-fekete-introspection-lp-out-now/
​Prices: 22€ black vinyl / 24€ clear vinyl   | direct – ORDER  (cheaper shipping costs)
For wholesale prices please send us your invoice address.
 
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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

Mark Stoermer – Filthy Apes and Lions (St. August Records 2017)

By the end of 2017, Mark Stoermer released his album “Filthy Apes and Lions”.

From its very opening, “Filthy Apes and Lions” sounded interesting and I thought  “nah… as it happens most of the time, it’s just the first song that sounds good…”

The video of the song is directed by Lee Hardcastle known for The ABCs of Death (2012), GUNSHIP: Tech Noir (2015) and An Alien Claymation (2013)

On the second track, “Beautiful Deformities”, things developed even more interesting and it became obvious that there was a kind of experimentation and psychedelia in the air…

Lyrically the songs were surreal but… still very interesting…

When “Racing In the Rain” started I said “ha! A Beatlesque track” but when the chorus came in things turned more Pink Floydish

Ok, now Mr Stoermer got my attention, so, as mainstream bands are not my cup of tea, I had to look up to find who he is…

Bass player Mark Stoermer was on the original line-up of the American rock band The Killers but a couple of years ago he announced that he would stop touring with the band, which of course was news to me…

So now, this “Filthy Apes and Lions” album that came out through his own record label, was becoming an even more pleasant surprise.

The surreal lyrics continue on “Dwarfish Trumpet Blues” that follows and the song ends in a typical 60’s psychedelic spirit…

One more animated video was made for this song, directed this time by Rafael Bonilla. (If I got the right one, he directed the documentaries La Carta and La batalla de las cruces)

Classic music influences appear on “The Perennial Legend of Dr. Mabuse” about the fictional character created by Norbert Jacques in the novel Dr. Mabuse der Spieler.

As we all know Dr. Mabuse from the three movies that Fritz Lang did about this character, the music video directed by Yoshi Sodeoka and Mark Stoermer himself, is flirting with a 1920’s cinematographic spirit.

Mica Rae” is a metaphor about modern life decay and a crazy rich woman.

Musically it returns to the Beatlesque feel and to the 60’s pop music forms…

The next one opens with a church organ bringing out to light another creature taken from the era of German expressionism: “Nosferatu Blues”.

The song takes an unexpected psychedelic turn with a Middle Eastern flavor while Stoermer sings “Look at me I’m a real vampire / I just wanted to live forever” and vanishes into thin air…

What follows is a 9 minute jazz-rock epic.

An instrumental piece titled “Muju’s Revenge” full of great piano, guitar and electric piano improvisation in a very 70’s sense…

The video is again directed by Rafael Bonilla

People Take Pictures of Each Other” is the playful tune that closes the album…

As I said, “Filthy Apes and Lions” was a surprise for me.

It made me want to listen to the other two solo albums that Mark Stoermer put out…

It is a delightful album and in combination with his videos and the themes of his lyrics, it shows that he has an interest in art in general…

A job well done Mr. Stoermer…

HERE is the link if you want to place your order for the album…

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2018 in Alternative, Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

Deep Imagination – New video “Underneath The Waves” | New EP out in March 2018

At the end of DEEP IMAGINATION’s “Carefully Kept Secrets” is the atmospheric “Underneath The Waves“.

It is the only instrumental on the album.

With long, wave-shaped synthesizer sounds and pianos that sound almost as if under water, Thorsten Sudler-Mainz creates a dream-like atmosphere to which saxophonist Stefan Höllering sets fascinating, deep-sounding notes with jazzy tones.

And with the gong dipped in water, elements such as metal and water are literally melted together musically.

This is made visible with the artfully staged video “Underneath The Waves”, which was shot in the ‘Galerie Artlantis‘ in Bad Homburg/Germany. (deep-imagination.com | bscmusic.com).

The new EP by DEEP IMAGINATION will be released on March 9th 2018

On the album “Carefully Kept Secrets” appeared the 17-minutes long track “Wings To Fly“.

In the press and radio the song was widely praised as the soul of the work.

With the EP “Wings To Fly”, DEEP IMAGINATION will release the single version of the popular longtrack.

Like all releases by DEEP IMAGINATION, the new 4-track EP will be released on the renowned German label BSC Music/Prudence.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

The Mysterons – Meandering (2 February 2017)

The Mysterons is a 5 piece band from Netherlands with a very unique sound.

Singer Josephine van Schaik, guitarist Jordy Sanger, keyboard player Pyke Pasman who along with bassist Peter Peskens and drummer Sonny Groeneveld are with Jungle by Night, a 9-piece collective based in Amsterdam, consisting of brothers, cousins and school friends aged between 15 and 22 years.

The Mysterons were named after the 60s series ‘Captain Scarlett And The Mysterons” and are producing high quality music which is difficult to pigeonhole.

After recent high profile performances at Lowlands, Into The Great Wide Open, Motel Mozaique, Paradiso and French showcase festival Transmusicales they put out their debut full length album ‘Meandering” in 2017.

The album has ten tracks and captures your attention by the first note.

Might be Josephine van Schaik’s high pitched voice.

She is very comfortable with middle eastern melodies on tracks such as “Turkish Delight” or Indian flavored ones, such as “Meandering”.

On the other hand, the rest of the band members are great musicians that can easily pass from groovy garage rock to psychedelia and from middle eastern music phrases to western pop.

Order your copy from HERE

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2017 in Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

GRICE – Exeter 6.10.2017

The electro-acoustic musician, singer-songwriter GRICE will be joined by very special guest international freeform jazz trumpet player Luca Calabrese from Italy. The unique lineup is completed by long-term friend and gifted musician Fred Ehresmann (grand piano / keys), Duncan Chave (Eigenharp / loops & visuals) and the uber-talented Bellatrix  (bass / double bass). The event will feature a premier performance of Frozen Water and 3 new unreleased tracks from GRICE’s forthcoming album. 

I have worked (mostly) remotely with Luca over the past few years on Propeller & Alexandrine and on Friday we will finally play the songs together. Luca is the missing link, he is such a sensitive player and his control and musicality is second to none, it is an honour to play with the man, true class. I look forward to sharing the music and to welcoming the splendid Andrew Fred Ehresmann and Bellatrix to the mix. G

Updates on GRICEMusic.co.ukFB & Twitter. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EBDoors: 6:30pm. Start: 7:15pm. Tickets: £10. On the door or via our online SHOP 


About the Players


Luca Calabrese made his debut with the Gianni Basso Big Band in the early eighties. He now works with various musical groups throughout Europe, playing folk to contemporary music, from traditional to avant-garde jazz and progressive rock, collaborating among others with Isildurs Bane (Sweden) Syntony (Austria), Italian Instabile Orchestra, Mick Karn, Daniele Cavallanti and more. Luca has played in Jazz and Progressive international festivals and in his discography are some valuable pieces as recordings with Roswell Rudd, Cecil Taylor, Richard Barbieri, Grice & Steve Hogarth.

Bellatrix is a musical explorer and songwriter from the west country, UK. Primarily a bass player and vocalist, she has a degree in jazz double bass from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Known for her work with independent power-house girl band The Boxettes and psychedelic hip-hop outfit Dizraeli and The Small Gods, it is only now after years of extensive collaborations and international performances as a beatboxer and bassist, that Bellatrix reveals a new slant to her identity as an artist. Bellatrix uses live vocal looping, bass and synth to conjure images of an abstract world drenched in sounds you can taste, and everything it is to be human.


About the Venue


St Michael & All Angels Church is one of the most spectacular monuments of the Anglican Revival in Devon.The church was planned in 1864 and was designed by Major Rohde Hawkins in the early French style, with a full cruciform plan and narrow passage aisles, allowing an uninterrupted view of the altar, which makes it ideal for live performances. St Michael’s has the second largest organ in Exeter and is the first church in the UK to be occupied by nesting peregrine falcons following their near extinction and subsequent recovery from pesticides in the late 1950′s. The St Michael’s peregrines are Devon’s most famous and publicised Peregrine falcons, due to the Eco-watch webcam in operation between 2001 and 2007. In 2013, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a new nest video camera was installed in the interior of the nest box which enables sharing close observations of these majestic birds of prey.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Prog-rock